Key IIoT Platform Selection Criteria—Industrial Computers vs. Development Boards
The market today is flooded with embedded solutions for the Industrial IoT. You can now choose from a wide variety of RISC-based embedded computers, single-board computers, and development boards to implement your IIoT solutions. What are some of the key factors that you must consider when choosing an embedded computing solution for your IIoT applications? Should you go for a single-board solution or choose a platform vendor who can work with you to develop a customized industrial computing solution? Can the development boards handle the complex requirements of the IIoT applications and deliver reliable performance for your critical industrial activities?
The IIoT development boards are a safe and economical way to create prototypes of your automation ideas. However, when it comes to implementing real-world industrial scenarios, such as the IIoT, a tested and proven industrial-grade embedded computing solution is the best choice because it provides a high-performing, stable, and secure system that can meet most of your automation needs.
In this article we list some key hardware and software advantages of industrial computing platforms over development-board based solutions and the questions you need to ask when evaluating a computing solution for your IIoT.
The Hardware Perspective
Engineers often favor development boards over industrial computers because of their low price. As an industrial operator, here are some key points that you must consider before deciding on a hardware platform for the IIoT.
Is the solution a ready-to-deploy platform?
Does it support multiple IOs of different types, especially serial ports?
Is the solution certified as per the mandatory industrial safety standards?
Does it have ingress protection?
What is the product-warranty period?
The Software Perspective
Software components are used in an IIoT system to extend the capabilities of industrial hardware and include the operating system, data acquisition, device monitoring and control, and data conversion tools and applications. The following factors could lower your software development cost as well as the time to market.
What is the level of software services and support available for the solution?
Is the platform optimized for your industrial needs?
How extensive are the utilities and libraries provided with the solution?
What is the nature of the long-term support provided?
The nature of the cybersecurity mechanisms provided with the solution
The open-platform advantage
Moxa’s Industrial Computers
Moxa's industrial computers are designed to provide reliable rugged systems that ensure the best user experience for a variety of vertical markets, including smart grid, marine, oil and gas, and rail automation.
The UC-8100 computing platform is designed for embedded data-acquisition applications. The computer comes with one or two RS-232/422/485 serial ports and dual 10/100 Mbps Ethernet LAN ports, as well as a Mini PCIe socket to support cellular modules. These versatile communication capabilities let users efficiently adapt the UC-8100 to a variety of complex communications solutions. For additional details, visit the UC-8100 product page.
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